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Gabe Kapler: Bogaerts as good as Middlebrooks or Drew

Oct 17, 2013|

Gabe Kapler joins Mut and Merloni and says it's time to put Xander Bogaerts in the lineup. He also discusses the talent of the Tigers lineup.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Baseball knowledge here gave cap or. Joined the show gave much -- Dario. Would come on blue logo adorned. We -- good cap you know you have four games here it's -- two. So far after the two losses barrels an idiot so far after the two bucks for Detroit Leland an idiot. Then a genius is again this is the way it goes in the post season -- -- It's hysterical. That's hysterical and and nobody wants appointed obviously to that. He's the red -- on hitting and the tigers are pitching and that's really what the story of this series has been. Now that -- -- that read -- -- this this is sort of fortunate for them in my opinion at this point is starting pitchers in four games of the jail yet for the tigers. I you know during those that puts you one -- whip under under one in the red carpet and won 47. Fourteen k's per nine -- just speak to the depth of that starting pitching for the Detroit Tigers all the way down -- sister. Those guys are art deep and and their dominant and so the reds are really have their work cut out from I gotta be ought to do at this point the series. From what I've seen I'm concerned for the -- going forward. Yet done about the offense going up against the pitching -- Because I listen give all the credit will receive from -- special Bulgaria figured there's the secondary stuff without doubt changeup slider curveball whatever it is. They seem to be throwing it out whenever they want to keep -- Red Sox off balance. But as yourself that -- Red Sox are doing with their approach your -- No and I think that's the big misconception when the playoffs and keeping it over and over and over every single year. The big board the starting pitching to come -- they dominate. If you look at the date is around that there's policies and Wainwright crucial cranky. You know Lester and you'll brought out had a rough but the lack he's been great and then that -- tigers -- -- it's great starting pitching just beat. Good hitting in the post in the the Red Sox run scoring machine they were all through the season they've just run into abroad saw it really difficult to point and -- the Red Sox are doing now. The one -- -- -- out and exploit which they probably go to a little bit better is affected on the corner for the court orders are probably two of the worst defenders in the American League. I'm surprised. No I'm not seeing more -- effort to blunt from from out of not among a little surprised -- the Toledo -- drop down just if you need Cabrera to short -- And -- somebody out so you know when you're struggling to score runs you sort of do little things that might give you an opportunity get -- base. You'd Albert speed. So I'm supply that they haven't tried to export to -- Cabrera a little bit more. Michael back a little bit that we talk about good pitching it's what I see is a frustrated Red Sox on appeared gave they are they are down in the count. Over and over and over again all want all want one too. And I feel like the Detroit pitching staff -- -- They're scouting has been really good night I see a lot of off speed stuff and I feel like that they have. May have out outs scouted the Red Sox -- the Red Sox thinking in their own skulls and again the batter's box okay what. What it's in my getting here are my really gonna get this -- get that they they seem off kilter at the plate. I I think you're you're starting off frankly might -- -- -- -- really really what this is about is it good the tigers pitchers doing exactly what they've done all season long. I don't particularly like magical formula about like advance scouting like -- let's. But it got -- work like distillate attack poppy like it's no. These guys are now out stopping the Red Sox are particularly a guy like Justin berliners who stopped it picked up in the post season Bob mr. by the way. I think it once I've won a bout against him and within that spring training game. It is a bowling ball and you -- that 126 could've bought seventy mile an hour. I think over analyzing and I really do like that they are just bringing their -- game. It's not that David got the red truck and a different way it's the reds are you know an art in a little bit of -- postseason slump which is. You know you offense is an absolute ebb and flow and right now you're. You're not seeing not flow and it's about just timing and it's about the starting pitching of the Detroit Tigers. Not about getting. Mean how much of -- -- and it's just a follow up on that it is Red Sox team as we've talked about what you love to grind guys out there wanna -- the pitch cannot get runners on base and it. I feel like when it when he had the tigers throwing first pitch strike at the efforts it strike you just. It that guilty takes the Red Sox out of their approach when they're costly behind in the count and then when it really approach has been. But he grind out pitchers and -- trailing all 112. Well -- it I think it died at the world knows that -- talked of course but that's why it's not just the Red Sox approached. Also gave approach to open Indian the prompt also raised approached until he noted that it did and it magically happen with this. Detroit Tigers could keep that they have been doing this. All year long that's what you have -- sure dirt. You know -- -- likely Cy Young award winner you have an adult sentence would likely who who you can make a very strong case in the best pitcher on that stuff. From your perspective you want strikeout -- -- -- now more open nine then Justin Verlander you wanna go to war statistic he's right up there were crucial insurers are so. Get -- this -- something new book out during the season did did the red the red documentary to put more runs on the board against the tigers. I'm not sure I'd go back and look at those stepped. But I can tell you that there's no magical formula that the tigers are all the an employee but different now they are throwing first pitch strikes. Like they've -- first strike all the way through the road. The Red Sox don't have anything proprietary -- -- relate to grinding -- a pitching. This is a good story of good pitching beating good -- -- last night Jim Leland you know takes a guy three for 3318 strikeouts and it's in my leadoff spot which. The I don't think you need to be a genius you know make that mobile I'm curious your idea. Changing this lineup move and everybody up a spot. How much of a difference does it make when you've still got it in front in you stood at the same guy behind you. Do you Rollins talking about it a little last night you know -- in this discussion he thought I -- -- thought I was a little bit left people but I can tell you that. I actually like the idea put in February in the two right now. Because he's not the same sort of -- don't look like he's going to be -- on -- machine at some point and if he's healthy I love the best on based. Our guy in a lineup in the cue ball. Out Torii Hunter obviously came up big storm last night you ought to Duncan look a little bit better but again -- to -- walked on four pitches in the second inning though. You know did you know that you wish you all the gotten better knows. That helps your psyche that helps -- psyche to let you know when you're struggling something positive that was a positive at that. Even OP be handed to -- -- to all of the load to write anything -- and they -- right under way off base. It can give you -- little blow to confidence in that any. -- We're uncharacteristically. Wild you have two guys walking on four pitch in the same inning -- -- a lot of credit to -- -- in back to keep you battle -- held -- all but still. He -- the line moving up my big big big game was was lost either the Red Sox in that in. -- cap -- joining us has been a lot of the morning gave talking about a potential lineup change John fair alluded to after the game thinking about. Zander Bogart's Lou and -- -- won -- -- we sort of circle around third base and not shortstop been opposition appeared John Ferrell is that a move you would make put the kid in there while most positions here tonight for game five. Yes yes yes it is and if for no other reason just to sort shaken up a little bit -- In other not a whole lot of science behind Justin turning guide to a run at a particular war indicated Jim Leland I don't think you said. I don't think you're crunched any numbers and said it ought to Jack in the cold and help that. -- be a better team but I do think there's something Q. Kicking it -- and I will say that I would have -- when they're over it got to the big -- I would have documents shortstop and never taken out of lineup. Given what I've seen from him given what our government -- just -- just -- -- in perspective. And then ultimately the way he approaches and about the way -- dominates the plate appearance with his eyes at this sort of advanced stage that you got for his age. I -- think you know I wanna keep this guy get rolling. I believe in him and I think that. But he makes perfect sense in the lineup everyday never removing him I don't think he's going to be intimidated by the spotlight and it it -- -- perspective. You out deluded middle Brooke order. The idea seemed tonight and maybe don't seem c'mon this lineup quite frankly because -- said I mean what. Now -- but the starting pitch from Detroit how special -- is appreciate what you watch him and a look at his kind of five at bats -- post season. Need to appreciate its 21 years old deductible poised to talk about discipline when -- pitcher makes a mistake you know last night passed ball way goes the other way is not trying to do too much. Completely just not fazed at all it's impressive. Ordered it to occidental Sanchez real quick because you're six innings shut out ball strike out six walks. You know I'm thickened. -- -- if the picture right he if he was successful. Why change let him show that maybe the Red Sox and make an adjustment at the plate is there an adjustment to make is that I expected to work. I think I don't think so I I think what you read to argue do exactly what you've done all -- wrong there's a reason that they consistently score runs during the even now. You know you if it would turn up the -- the first two winning an event that is just fill up the strike or any any pitcher for that matter any -- like Richard. Bill that the struggle it's time that it's time to start ambushing and hey you know look for the first pit stop all the you can. You're gonna swing and you're gonna put the ball player it's going to be an out but you don't you do not wanna be down 102 to -- strike out machine that senator earlier in the conversation. They entered the strike up perspective is -- don't expect more per nine than Denver Atlanta during the season. So did you know these guys I think there's a misconception that policy into the sort of the crowd he'd I didn't know I don't know -- -- -- -- -- -- pure stuff -- you won't blow you away. So you don't wanna go down to strike -- -- And I'm going drastically change approach in the walk to the plate acting in and that's actually why. I think you're right -- that there Bogut is is a good insertion into the lineup because you're so patient because you. That advanced approach you don't seem generally with young players that's why I would trust them. They last one for me you said that the Red Sox we're fortunate here Tutu base the way Detroit starting pitching is gone through these first four. They say it out it's a best of three two at Fenway if you get to a game seven -- -- favor in these final three games had a size it up Red Sox and tigers. I hate to say this is because in my heart you know I feel about the red dot -- possibly. I think the tigers are gonna take this series I I -- think they just run out guy after guy after guy did it not taking anything away from Lester. Bought black and -- great line up by just I didn't put that in the middle of the fees and other third that's really pay attention to the Detroit tigers' pitching staff. They argue with head and shoulders above the rest of the doubt that'll be you know -- use it on paper and they met you match up nicely with those Red Sox starters. But I I'm limited the tigers go forward I hate to say -- if you like as you're about to direct talks are troubled want foreign ministers. Yeah I think is an obvious advantage in the rotation as well as Lackey pitched as well as Lester is looked -- as well as buck can't throw the only thing cap to me. If you bring in a Gallic Benoit last night may be for confidence inning and they still get to want the other smiley threw great the pit -- then. You know there's a chance -- blow another great star but one of these guys. Day to -- could -- you alluded to it's it's been a little bit deceiving and in the post season I think you're right I think he's been a little bit shaky. And blog absolute majority I think you need to roll out. -- wanted to throw out its secondary pitches and rely more to stop we didn't realize how good that -- -- And he like support around a little bit to get deep in the count when he shouldn't is that it docking of the don't look at -- by. He doesn't it can cut up -- the tigers' bullpen is is is bad or that they. That it's a weak spot in the middle that he then they've actually been pretty good smiley you've been really good guitar writing as well. And and once you get to bend wash if then walk in willing to attack it go and I played with him in camp by remembered as the same issue. When he -- doctors don't you nearly unhittable so you know that the brought the ball to eat -- David Ortiz the other night. It noted in 87 speaking up about it not a good idea when you've got 97 in the tank and the ball moving all over the -- so. Yes. Could -- Bull can be exploited. Of course I don't think it's going to be I don't. You see about fox sports one and fox sports live breaking it down Jimmy Rollins has been on their -- careless and of course Gabe -- Gave great stuff as always appreciate -- popular -- Obama ago Gabe Kaplan joining us here on the eighteenth the -- AT&T the nation's fastest. Now the most reliable forgy LT TE network texture on the eighteenth tee -- line. The -- -- -- -- mine throughout the first pitch to wall. Number number never Chipper Jones. Went on Atlanta radio and said he was gonna lose he played for. Couple picks the Red Sox -- that mean that. When game goes out first put on the Red Sox players will look at today's been a bit about the mascot of the Atlanta Braves mascot. Had a catcher first pitch from chip African Jones. That's what the text -- letting that ball would it would nice job. 6177797937. AT&T text line. Is 37937. All your calls a last night's game four will get a little -- to game five and somebody. Somebody work late last night and still big your homework -- came in today. With some good Annabel Sanchez the up and maybe get give -- hope exactly -- may -- give the hope. The Red Sox will fair better against -- is based on some numbers from him during the year we'll talk about that with your calls next.

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